Solutions For Softening Hard Water

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Hard water is water that has a high mineral content, and it can cause mayhem in the home. Luckily, there are solutions for softening hard water. If you live in an area where calcium, magnesium, limestone, and chalk invade your water supply, you can use the following three solutions to soften your water:

#1: Boil It

You can soften water in the kitchen by boiling it. When water reaches its boiling point, certain types of hardness called temporary hardness are removed. Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Allow the water to boil for three to five minutes.
  • Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for two to three hours.
  • White minerals will settle to the bottom of the pot. Remove them with a siphon.

You can drink hard water, and it actually has some benefits. Its abundance of minerals helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis when combined with a diet high in Vitamin D. Hard water may also prevent heart disease.

#2: Add Vinegar

Hard water can do a number on fabrics, drains, and even toilets. Have you noticed white spots appearing on laundry, sink drains, and porcelain appliances? These spots are called hard water spots. You can remove them by treating the affected areas with distilled white vinegar.

Apply the vinegar straight or diluted with an equal amount of water. You will need to scrub the affected areas to loosen the mineral deposit. Rinse when finished.

Vinegar can be added to your laundry to soften the water during washing. Just remember that it can also act as a bleach.

#3: Add a Water Softener

You can purchase a water hardness test kit. Use it to determine how hard your water supply is, and then select the right size softener. Softeners can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Select a product that is roughly 10 times the measure of your test kit.

Softeners work for about two weeks. You will need to refill the softener or purchase a self-renewing product. Auto-renewing softeners will either refill based on a designated time period or when the softening resin drops too low.

You can install a water softener on your own if you have a basic understanding of plumbing. Otherwise, it will be in your best interests to contact a plumber for installation assistance.

Don't let hard water make life difficult! Use these three popular solutions for softening hard water. Go to site to learn more. 

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